2011 Nissan Juke SL: Fungly
May 09, 2011
I like fun cars (who doesn't?). I also like attractive cars. Every now and then, there's a fun, but ugly car that I like. The Juke is one of them. This became clear to me this weekend on a 180-degree freeway onramp when a Porsche Cayenne driver had a decent grasp on the idea of acceleration, but not handling. He blasted past the Juke without any problem, but he hit the brakes far too early and far too hard going into the sweeping curve. I broke much later and trailed it into the bend, leaving him far behind in my mirrors.
The whole time, I was using my play-by-play commentator voice. "And Takahashi passes him on the outside! A masterful pass for the leeeeeeeeead!"
My girlfriend called me a dork.
I gave the Juke a little congratulatory pat on the dash, as if to say, "good car, good car."
And that got me thinking about that word, "Fungly." If this Juke had more power and a manual gearbox, I'd consider buying one -- looks and all. And there are only a few other cars that I'd be willing to do that for. Foremost in my head is the BMW M Coupe (1998 - 2002), Porsche Panamera Turbo and most second-generation Subaru WRX STi models.
What do you think? Are you willing to drive something as controversially styled as the Nissan Juke for performance? Are there some fungly cars on your list?
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor